West Gate Bridge set for post-Christmas upgrades

The Victorian Government will carry out important maintenance work to strengthen the West Gate Bridge road after Christmas 2019.

Crews will work around the clock to apply a new waterproofing layer and refresh the asphalt surface on the inbound lanes.

To allow the works to take place, three of the five inbound lanes will be closed from 7:00pm Thursday 26 December until 4:00pm Tuesday 31 December, with four inbound lanes closed each night after 9:00pm.

The West Gate Bridge maintenance is part of more than $870 million invested in road maintenance by the Victorian Government over the next two years and is part of a record amount of work being carried out on Victoria’s Big Build over the summer months.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead during the works, which could see delays of up to an hour for citybound traffic using the bridge.

The works will be undertaken by the Department of Transport’s Incident Response Services (IRS), which keep more than 170 kilometre of the city’s roads clear and safe everyday.

The Department of Transport’s IRS team travels about 10,000 kilometres each month patrolling Melbourne’s freeways and major roads, responding to crashes, vehicle breakdowns and other incidents while clearing debris and chemical spills.

The team responds to around 40,000 incidents annually, while working closely with police and emergency services to ensure the safe and timely management of any road issues.

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